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divisive

adjective uk   /dɪˈvaɪ.sɪv/ us  
describes something that causes great and sometimes unfriendly disagreement within a group of people: The Vietnam war was an extremely divisive issue in the US.Separating and dividing
divisively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Separating and dividing
divisiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Separating and dividing
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